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Diet/ Housing

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Nutrition/Feeding:

 Weaned young coatis should be fed a high quality kitten food such as Iams Kitten Food (dry) from 8 weeks to 1 year of age. One year through adult a high quality cat or dog food such as Iams Cat Food or Iams Dog Food should be fed. Small amounts of fruits can be used to supplement their diets. As a treat they may be given raisins, grapes, and an occasional oatmeal cookie.

Baby Formula-

1 part Puppy Espilac(milk replacer)

1 part Gerber Dry Mixed Baby Cereal

part Gerber baby peaches

2 parts water

1 small packet "lacto-bacillus"(used for only 3 days then discontinued)

This formula should be given warm (about 95 to 100 deg F) this temperature is critical if it is too warm or too cool the coati will not take it. This procedure takes some level of skill and natural ability on the part of the care giver. Not everyone is well suited to bottle feed coati offspring. We use a small collapsible plastic bottle (about 4 to 6 oz.) with a long soft latex nipple. These are the same as those used to bottle feed baby kangaroos and wallabies. After each bottle feeding until the coati is about 3 to 4 weeks of age they must be "puddled". This is the same procedure the coatimundi mother uses to stimulate the babies to urinate and defecate. After feeding them you take a soft cloth that is soaked in warm water and dab and lightly rub the babies bottoms this will stimulate them to go to the "bathroom". If this procedure is not done the babies may not eliminate waste from their systems adequately. At about 5 to 6 weeks of age kitten food topped with scrambled eggs is offered to the babies. The babies should be fully weaned by 9 to 10 weeks of age. We continue to give a bottle to the babies at least once a day after weaning to encourage the human/coati bonding process.

 

Habitat/Cages:

 For the adult coati an outside pen is probably the best habitat. A pen constructed similar to a dog kennel with a wire mesh top (mesh no larger than 1.5 in by 1.5in). A wire mesh floor is required to prevent the coati from digging under the kennel. They use their slender nose/snout as much as they use their hands and feet. The pen size should be large as possible with 5 ft by 8ft by 6ft high a minimum size. A house should be provided that is large enough but not too large for adult coatis. We provide a house that is about 2ft wide by 2ft long by 1.5ft high and about 2ft above the ground. The coatis rely on their houses for security. They feel more secure in a relatively small, close house. The thing to remember is they like a roomy enclosure/pen for play and close quarters for sleeping. This house should be heated in cool temperatures (below 40deg F) and winter. We provide a "pig" heat pad below the coati house. Remember do not leave cords where the coati can get at them. The coatis tails are susceptible to frostbite. Other than providing minimal heat the coati pens are a very low maintenance facility. Several climbing branches & large diameter ropes should be provided. Do not use small diameter ropes or wire or string in their habitats, since these may constitute a hanging choking hazard to the coatis. The coatis will give endless hours of entertainment with their acrobatics and antics.

This page was created on 08/27/04